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A very articulate book and a must read.
on 14 July 2017
"To say class doesn't matter in Britain is like saying wine doesn't matter in France." - Nick Cohen, Observer.
This book explains in great detail how the working class are portrayed as lazy, feckless and violent, which the right-wing media manipulates the "haves" to think all of the working class are chavs.
My favourite chapter is 'The Strange Case of Shannon Matthews'. The disappearance of Madeleine McCann, the daughter of two doctors, had huge media coverage and a prize of millions. Whereas the disappearance of Shannon Matthews, from a working class family in Yorkshire, had barely any coverage until her abduction was known to be fake. Jones discusses how right-wing papers horrifically discriminated against the working class as a whole, based solely on this one case.
Owen Jones demolishes the myth that Britain is a classless society and reinforces how our society remains so deeply divided since the Thatcher era. This book deserves to be widely read.